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Assemble Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.assemblerestaurant.com
  • Email: terumi@assemblerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (510) 215-6025
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: W-Sa 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Brunch: Sa-Su 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Maggie Pond
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering services from boxed lunch to private dinner event of any size.
  • Private Party Facilities: 45,000 sq. ft. Craneway Pavillion is available for private dining.
  • Private Party Contact: Terumi Shibata-Mazzera (510) 215-6025
  • Entertainment: Craneway Pavillion offers unique music and art events throughout the year. Visit our web site for event calendar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hall
  • Public Transit: AC transit No. 74 comes here from Richmond BART station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking space.
A word from Assemble
What do you call a place steeped in the history of this country"s industrial transformation where food and drinks are thoughtfully prepared and people come together to enjoy them? "Assemble", a new restaurant at Ford Point on the Richmond waterfront.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The room is fabulous it's an old Ford Assembly plant. It's very interesting to look around at the equipment, and the room is "alive". The menu is also very good. Lots of "comfort" food items, like chicken pot pie, fish and chips, sliders. The food looks great, but it falls short. One of my party said the chicken pot pie was a bit boring, full of fresh vegetables, but not much chicken. I didn't think the batter on the fish and chips was very good. A few days before I had the Cobb Salad with chicken, and the chicken in the salad was not very good, but the salad was very good. The ceasar salad was very good, and the frito appetizer was surprisingly good. Hopefully, the food will improve - if it does, this will be a fabulous find!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Yes, the view is spectacular from Assemble. And yes, it is in one of the most iconic buildings in the Bay Area. But it also has a wonderfully friendly staff, who provide great service and serve really tasty food. The menu is a bit limited, admittedly, but there really are great choices anyway. We go there for drinks and appetizers, for full dinners or brunches, and just to say hello to everyone. It's a destination, right next to the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center, which is also a must-see. Make an afternoon of it!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A great "new" find on the Richmond marina. The staff, servers especially, were exceptionally friendly and kind. Food was very good, as were the drinks. I've been now three times and will return."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Appetizer was a little overcooked. No blue cheese dressing available for Cobb Salad. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Unusual and historic spot for a restaurant. Go there!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This was my second visit last week. First for lunch which was outstanding in every respect. The second was for dinner Sat nite with a reservation. Both of our orders fell thru the kitchen crack. Waited patiently until patience ran out! The manager apologized and comped our entrees which arrived just before dawn! Good food, nice ambiance, needs work on service end at night when full."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "First visit for the 4 of us prior to heading to the Rhone Ranger wine tasting next door. What a great find! We would have never known that this place was here! We all had a great meal and then walked over to Rosie the Riverter museum for a quick peek. We will be back for sure and we will recommend it as well! Way to go Richmond!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I came with 3 other ladies. As always food was wonderful. Waiter was professional and funny ... Will come again and again. Thank you"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Assemble is handsome and well located for events at the Craneway, like the quilt show, but the food is uneven and the service not as competent or friendly as I would like, and the prices are really high."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "They've been open for a few months now and they have finally gotten the entrees up to the level of the desserts (which were always outstanding). Even though they were crowded, the service was sterling. They are ready for prime time."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "What a find! A friend recommended Assemble and a group went here for a lunch after visiting the Richmond art scene :(which is a hidden gem). We liked it enough that I took another group back and made an outing of it. We went to the Rosie the Riveter Museum and met the Rosie's (only on Friday's) and then walked a few steps to the amazing Assemble for lunch. The food........... comfort types grabbed our orders this time (healthly salads last time). The pot pies were totally off the chart good! Our cobb salad was enough for three to split! When you leave totally sated, you walk out to a view that inclludes both of the bay bridges. More return visitors after another great lunch and outing."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This restaurant ambience reminds me of the old Espirit Outlet restaurant in San Francisco that was a favorite of hipsters, designers and foodies. This restaurant has the added benefit that the owners are formerly from Chez Panisse, their menu and ambience has more depth but the location has many benefits - easy to get to, abundance of FREE PARKING! and Water views with historical museum nearby and great places to walk before or after a meal. They really "get it" at Assemble. My husband is a foodie too and it's his favorite restaurant right now. Check it out! We've not been disappointed once in 6 times to the restaurant. Also must try the blackened catfish sandwich if you go for lunch."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I live in Richmond and was thrilled to hear about this restaurant opening. We need more nice places to go for dinner in the area. While I was 110% pleased with the food (delicious!!), it seemed a shame that the restaurant is right on the water yet you can't SEE the water while sitting at the tables. Can't they raise the floor and allow diners to gaze at the beautiful bay? It would make the dining experience here utterly amazing. I also wish they would not have a TV on in the dining room -- seemed to make it into a sports bar (a bit cheesy). Overall, location is nice and the food is definitely worth the trip."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "The Frito pie and the Cob Salad was excellent. We had a fabulous server all of the servers and bus people paid attention to all of the tables."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Most of the food was great. Most of the service was not. The location, view, prices were all good so I'm sure I will return. I will not order the Philly cheese steak and I will hope the waitress is trained by then."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Assemble was good, the space is great, just the service was too slow. But they are definitely worth the trip and a try."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Casual dining with Bay views in vaulted ceiling space amidst factory machinery artfully arranged. Menu is limited but delicious, reasonably priced. Lively full bar. Young cliental. Families would enjoy too."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The restaurant is in an unassuming neighborhood, and you need to be a bit adventurous to find it. Arrive a bit early and wander around the huge former industrial site, admire the views of SF and the East Bay. We enjoyed seeing the huge old Ford Assembly Plant, now used for special events, and reading a little of the interesting history of the place. Food was of the comfort variety. Boiled Spiced Peanuts were a wonderful surprisel...delicious! All main courses were substantial without being absurdly huge, and very tasty. The Key Lime Pie was outstanding. The restaurant is casual, and the service was friendly and efficient. An interesting, unexpected venue, and very satisfying food, with stunning views. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It is easy to make reservations on line, and someone greeted us as we came in the door, which was a nice beginning. The unique menu includes descriptions of the origins of the dish. The choices are terrific. Service is excellent, the food well presented and tasty. The only complaint is that a group was seated next to us, and the tables are so close that it made it a strain for us to carry on our conversation. Before they arrived the noise level did not interfere with conversation."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My third visit, and I still love the ambience, love the service, and love some dishes: one of the best Cobb Salads ever, Roasted Winter Vegetables with Quinoa Salad is substantial and very tasty, Sliders are great as are the fries. The Frito Pie was based on an old recipe from Santa Fe, but the chili was definitely mild to our New Mexico tastes. The Chinese Chicken Salad had good ingredients, but the dressing didn't seem to enhance the other flavors. The Bar-B-Q Riblets appetizer was just not very good - too thin pieces, too sweet sauce. Of course it was billed as a whiskey/molasses sauce, but we expected it to be tangier. The Hand-cut Fries were terrific - truly hand-cut, irregular shapes, crispy and tender. We like the beer choices"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "It was a Saturday night and the service was painfully slow. There were only 2 people working the floor and no hostess. The servers were doing a great job considering they were short staffed, but there was a serious need for more servers. We got there right at 5 and had a reservation for 9, so you can imagine how long it took for all of us to get our drinks and food. We ended up being late to the roller derby bout next door. The food was good and the desserts were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had eaten several times at the same location when it was the Boiler House, which I liked. This is a very informal (industrial ambiance) place, not a place for a romantic date. Not much physical change but the menu is a bit different. My companion and I both had the chicken pot pie which was excellent. Good place for comfort food. I will return."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Every bite, from the SUPER fresh Crab and Shrimp Louie salad, to the grilled oysters, flank steak and eventually dessert (Chocolate Mousse pie of the day and key lime pie) was delicious! The server was excellent and the GM, Terumi, remembered me from the one other time I came through. She greeted me warmly at the door and seated us at one of the high tables right away. We had a reservation but there were many tables to choose from on this evening. My girlfriend, who was not familiar with the history of the shipyards and car manufacturing plant was fascinated to learn about the historical impact of the area. Excellent reuse of the space. We liked the fresh herb garden, outdoors, right next to our table. We'll definitely be returning."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "- Cornmeal Pancakes were dull and uninteresting, especially at $12, with nothing else on the plate except ordinary syrup. One of us had the Chinese Chicken Salad - $15 - tasty, but small. One of us had Po'Boy Sandwich - large, but ordinary. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. - The ambiance is interesting from a historical perspective, although extremely noisy because of sound bouncing off all the metal. The view is spectacular, but not visible from inside the restaurant. The Rosie the Riveter Museum is right across the pathway - well worth a visit. Parking is easy, 30 steps away. - Overall, I would recommend a visit for the experience of being there, not for the food."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "It was frustrating trying to get there in a traffic jam of people going to the Graneway. Not pleasant at all.The food was not to my perferred chioce. Mostly seemd like appetizers not a really main dish."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I planned a beautiful Valentine's evening out with my wife at Assemble. We had been there for a drink last May and enjoyed the look and feel of the place; plus the location on the bay and the beautiful Craneway building are spectacular. But last Friday night, Valentine's, we were really caught off guard when we walked in and were informed that it was a fixed price buffet with a 60's theme. Hmmm. . . WHAT A BOMB!! The whole buffet consisted of horrible little appetizers that were supposed to have some kind of 60's charm. NOT! The entire meal was nothing.. .NOTHING BUT HORRIBLE LITTLE APPETIZERS. NOT KIDDING! Really, Ritz crackers and "pigs in a blanket". YUK! Only saving grace was our fantastic and persevering wait person, Carrie!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Although this restaurant attempts to provide an interesting and varied "nouveau" selection, I found the food to be overly greasy, heavy and tasteless."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Assemble is a great choice for an evening out. Menu choices are many and all are tasty and well presented. I look forward to returning to try out another choice. Service was attentive which is always appreciated. Desserts were excellent! We have also visited at lunch and brunch. Brunch was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Although it was a little hard to find (it inside the gate and around the back of the former Ford assembly complex), Assemble was certainly worth the trouble. I have a particular affinity for Manhattan clam chowder, and theirs was very good. We also tried the sliders and one of the comfort food entrees. Everything was excellent."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "a little hard to find, but what a cool place, with great reasonably priced food. the old pumps, pipes, and boilers add an interesting aspect. fantastic view when you walk around the building"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "In it's second incarnation this restaurant has only gotten better. we went to the 'old' one too, and while Assemble was remodeled it essentially looks about the same, from a dining perspective we didn't notice the changes. servers have always been friendly and local, nice people. the food has some interesting things to discover and everything I've had has been delicious. try the Frito pie or Mac-n-Cheese. I always get the spiced boiled peanuts. Richmond needs many more places like Assemble."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Wonderful service, wonderful food and a wonderful space, who could ask for more when you're out with friends for lunch?! The seasonal menu always appeals and has delicious preparations. The crab dishes offered on the winter menu are very tasty and satisfied my crab cravings. We ordered both the crab roll and the louie and they were great. The Bloody Mary from a house made, bartender recipe was everything you want in a Bloody Mary. Oh, did I say how delicious the calamari was? Perfectly fried and a very generous portion. The location is a hidden gem and after lunch you can stroll the waterfront or visit the "Rosie the Riveter Museum." Plenty of parking too. All in all a wonderful experience at Assemble. This was one of many visits here."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "According to the online menu. There was friend chicken and skirt steak. However, upon arriving neither was on the menu. Not much of a selection for me."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "There were four in our party. Two had salads, while my wife and I ordered Chilaquiles. In our opinion, Chilaquiles is one of Assemble's weaknesses. The chips were nothing special, and the meat, if one could call it that, was unrecognizable, and in fact rather odd little bits in a sauce that was also lackluster. Our guests enjoyed the salads, so perhaps Assemble has other dishes that are good. The ambiance was fun, and the service was outstanding. We will give them one more chance before writing them off altogether."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Assemble is located in the old Ford Assembly Plant in Richmond, hidden on the back side of the building. It's worth the trip, especially on a nice day. The area sits on the Bay Trail so getting in a good walk before or after lunch is a great idea. Service was great, and the interior is light and sunny with a high ceiling. The cole slaw was very bland but the fish and chips were very tasty and not oily at all. They have a full bar and a reasonably interesting wine list and they say they'll have their liquor license for outdoor service in about 2 months which will help with the current lack of bay view. I'd recommend Assemble and will go back to try something else on their menu."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "went for their ny steak special. was excellent, and more thn worth the trip. got their early and went into the nextdoor Rosie the Riveter Museum -- a real gem of wartime history, good and bad. Assemble itself has the usual attractive, comfortable ambience, the usual very friendly but slightly slow service. Menu is small, but all good, with a weekly special. Might try going lighter on mushrooms with almost everything and more non-seafood offerings -- people with common allergies to one or both have a restricted choice. Music too loud at start, lowered well on request -- to no one else's protest (& the waitress's thanks!) All in all a good experience, to be repeated, and recommended."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Great Views of the Bay! Wonderful brunch that started with Beignets. Order them when you sit down. They are made fresh to order. The breakfast side of the brunch items were well prepared and enjoyable. We had Eggs Hussarde and the Joes Special - both were very tasty."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Assemble has a menu selection that is very unique and not found at other restaurants. Very friendly staff!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We came for a weekend brunch and were really impressed by Assemble. Excellent menu (everything sounded delicious), great ambience, wonderful service and a perfect scenic location (once you find it). Will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Assemble is a very pleasant restaurant right on San Francisco Bay with views of the hills of the East Bay from all its windows, great gourmet comfort food (and also gourmet not comfort food), good bar, and charming ambiance from the 40s, with music and (soundless) movies from times past going high up on the walls. Interesting remains of the space's previous existence remain, like two huge boilers and another formidable piece of hardware. Warm ambiance, with wood, and great lighting. Will be a regular hangout for me!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The restaurant had an edginess, spaciousness and felt welcoming. The lunch menu items were varied and reasonably priced. I was pleased with the sliders as were my dining companions with their fish and chips. Service was good and attentive. The historical significance of the building as a former boiler room for the Ford plant made it a unique setting."
    Dined on 11/8/2013